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Poster: Toomy Date: Jun 1, 2004 3:45am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Legality Question

I'd like to extend this discussion about public domain, and specifically Rick's displeasure with those who compile films onto a DVD and slap copyright notices on them. As I understand it, a new copyright may only be claimed if substantial changes to the original work are made--e.g. colorizing a film, or adding a new music track or even adding new "fake" dialogue.another example would be what the guys at Mystery Science Theater 3000 did with old films, including some that were in the public domain. The versions of the films with their funny insults could be copyrighted. There are companies today sell public domain movies on DVD that have copyright notices on the box, but not on the DVD. I have been told that the copyright notice is for the box's artwork, not the film that has been burned onto the DVD. Anyone know if any of what I have just written is true or not?

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Poster: Gillgrappler Date: Jun 3, 2004 12:27pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Legality Question


You hit the nail on the head with your statement about copyright on package artwork.
A good example of this is the "Alpha Video" company.
They market an entire line of public domain movies.
They do not claim any copyright on the films, but they have copyrighted all of the packaging artwork. They have done such a beautiful job with their artwork, that they are now marketing poster sized versions on heavy cardstock.
Check out the artwork at
A good example of finding a niche in the market.

I have to admit I have purchased a couple of their products for the artwork as much as the movie!

Gillgrappler (< :